Agriculture minister Tress Bucyanayandi has called for more innovations in the agriculture sector to help farmers cope with the changing climate in the East African region.
Effects of climate change such as drought, floods, landslides, pests and diseases are already being felt, as evidenced by reduced food production and harvests, said the minister.
"Climate change is already affecting food production systems therefore the livelihoods of millions of people, especially women, who depend on agriculture for a living is at stake,” he added.
Bucyanayandi feels the agriculture sector has the biggest potential to contribute to climate change mitigation through reducing emissions, improving production or creating carbon sinks.
"This can be done if farmers are given skills and measures of implementing smart-climate agriculture practices like mulching, water harvesting and storage, agro forestry,” he said.
Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is an approach that aims at developing the technical, policy and investment conditions to achieve sustainable agricultural development for food security under climate change.
The minister was speaking in Kampala at the launch of a new climate-smart agriculture platform in a meeting, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) supported by COMESA-EAC-SADC.